Rally Raid Products and their exclusive North American distributor Giant Loop Moto announced today that they will officially debut the all new Honda CB500X Adventure Kit to the press and public at the Overland Expo in Arizona 15-17th May.
Rally-Raid Products are the world’s leading manufacturer of aftermarket rally parts & accessories for the KTM 690 Enduro motorcycle - typically transforming it from a basic road-legal dirt-bike into a much more appropriate machine for long-distance rally racing and off-road oriented adventure travel.
They have now turned their expertise towards developing a similar solution around a machine from the opposite end of the motorcycle spectrum - improving what is essentially a budget road-biased adventure tourer, and making it far more capable of genuine all-road and all-terrain travel.
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“The Honda CB500X already satisfies many of the requirements considered essential by the adventure riding community” explains Rally-Raid Products’ proprietor John Mitchinson. “As standard it has a range of over 250 miles, and great fuel economy too together with good weather protection, comfortable ergonomics and a really smooth and willing EFI engine."
"Certainly we consider it far more appropriate as an ‘every-day’ machine than a typical single-cylinder trail bike” he suggests. “Low maintenance and renowned Honda reliability are further benefits, and particularly impressive is the feeling of all-round competence at such an affordable price.”
In addition, the relatively compact dimensions, short wheelbase and appreciably lighter weight when compared to other higher cc twin-cylinder adventure bikes also makes the CB500X attractive to shorter or smaller riders.
“We have then addressed what we feel are those few short-comings with regards to a genuine ‘all-road’ and all-terrain specification” John Mitchinson explains. “Fundamentally we wanted to fit a stronger and more off-road-appropriate spoked wheel-set, which includes a larger 19” diameter front wheel - allowing a wider choice of all-terrain tires to be fitted.”
“At the same time the original Honda suspension is very basic - offering limited damping control and virtually no adjustment whatsoever” He reveals. “We have replaced the original front and rear units with high quality fully-adjustable components from our European engineering partners Tractive Suspension, that were designed exclusively to our specification.”